The Dark Half

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Marking the first collaboration between horror legends George A. Romero and Stephen King since 1982's Creepshow, this moody, atmospheric adaptation of King's novel was actually completed in 1991, but the highly-publicized bankruptcy of its distributor Orion Pictures in that same year nearly doomed The Dark Half to distribution limbo. King's story revolves around successful author Thad Beaumont Timothy Hutton, whose popularity on the college circuit owes a great deal to the financial success of a series of violent...
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Marking the first collaboration between horror legends George A. Romero and Stephen King since 1982's Creepshow, this moody, atmospheric adaptation of King's novel was actually completed in 1991, but the highly-publicized bankruptcy of its distributor Orion Pictures in that same year nearly doomed The Dark Half to distribution limbo. King's story revolves around successful author Thad Beaumont Timothy Hutton, whose popularity on the college circuit owes a great deal to the financial success of a series of violent pulp thrillers written under the pseudonym of "George Stark." When he decides to cast aside his disreputable alter-ego by "killing" Stark off in a mock ceremony, it precipitates a string of sadistic murders matching those in his pulp novels, which are discovered to be the work of Stark himself also played by Hutton. Looking like a maniacal white-trash version of his counterpart, Stark is not so willing to quit the writing game -- even if it means coming after Thad's wife Amy Madigan and their baby. It's only a matter of time before suspicions turn to Thad, who is the only one who knows the real origins of his hideous twin.
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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
One of the slighter stories by horror novelist Stephen King becomes one of the better (although by no means the best) of the many film adaptations of his work. The taut script by writer/director George A. Romero, while sacrificing some elements that would have better explained the tale's supernatural elements, keeps the pace humming along briskly, never allowing the audience to chew for too long on the film's more outlandish and logic-defying elements. Timothy Hutton gives a solid performance, if not exactly a riveting one, as the dual central characters (predictably, he works better as the villain than as the vanilla-bland hero). The central premise of The Dark Half (1991) is an absurd one, a variation on the far more terrifying primal-fear concept that fuels the superior Misery (1990). But even seen clearly in the light of day as an artistic also-ran, it's a fun, guilty-pleasure experience for horror and King buffs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • UPC: 883904130673
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Timothy Hutton Thad Beaumont, George Stark
Amy Madigan Liz Beaumont
Michael Rooker Sheriff Alan Pangborn
Julie Harris Reggie DeLesseps
Robert Joy Fred Clawson
Kent Broadhurst Mike Donaldson
Chelsea Field Annie Pangborn
Beth Grant Shayla Beaumont
Rutanya Alda Miriam Cowley
Tom Mardirosian Rick Cowley
Glenn Colerider Homer Gamache
Royal Dano Digger Holt
Lamont Arnold NYC Cop #1
David W. Butler Trooper #1
William Cameron Officer Hamilton
Curt Debor Trooper #2
David Earle Officer #2
Christine Forrest Trudy Wiggins
Lee Hayes NYC Cop #2
Jeff Howell Dave
J. Michael Hunter Garrison
Erik Jensen Male Student
Bruce Kirkpatrick Officer #1
Drinda La Lumia Dodie
Larry John Meyers Doc Pritchard
Jeff Monahan Wes
Zachary Mott Norris Ridgewick
Nardi Novak Pangborn's Receptionist
Elizabeth Parker Wendy & William Beaumont
Christina Romero Little Girl
Rohn Thomas Dr. Albertson
Technical Credits
George A. Romero Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Barbara Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Cletus Anderson Production Designer
Declan Baldwin Producer
Pasquale A. Buba Editor
Tom Dubensky Asst. Director
James C. Feng Production Designer
Jeannee Josefczyk Makeup
Peter Kuran Special Effects
Michael Levine Camera Operator
Nicholas C. Mastandrea Asst. Director
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Christine Romero Associate Producer
Drew Ann Rosenberg Asst. Director
John Sutton Musical Direction/Supervision
John Vulich Makeup
Christopher Young Score Composer
Stephen King Source Author
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